Van Meeuwen

Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL's) for Marine & Offshore Maintenance

Improve reliability, safety and durability. Reduce environmental risks and your total costs of ownership

In the Marine & Offshore industry Van Meeuwen Lubrication is the specialized partner for every lubrication challenge. With a proven track record in every branch of industry, Van Meeuwen has been providing solutions by high-performance lubricants and customized lubrication maintenance for almost 90 years.

Van Meeuwen is proud to participate in all this. Are you looking for custom lubrication solutions (including biodegradable) for the specific applications and conditions in the shipping, the maritime and offshore sector? If so, please contact us by email or give us a call. Thank you for your interest.

Jackup Lubrication

Jackup lubrication

When the rig reaches the work site, the crew jacks the legs downward through the water and into the sea. This anchors the rig and holds the hull well above the waves. Because the rig is a sea-going vessel, it is subject to the same rules and regulations as ships are. The legs are what give the jackup its name.

They can be raised and lowered on ratchets in a process known as jacking up or jacking down. During jacking up, the legs go down and the rig goes up. During jacking down, the legs go up and the rig goes down until it floats on the surface of the water, then the legs continue to travel up until they tower above it.

It may be clear that when lubrication on board of such platforms, this is preferably done with high-tech lubricants. The conditions under which the racks of a lifting platform must serve require a specific grease that is more environmentally friendly, withstands extreme high loads, is highly water-resistant and offers optimum protection against wear.

In collaboration with its specialist suppliers Van Meeuwen has developed a new generation biodegradable lubricating greases for these specific applications where biodegradability plays a very important role. Other applications where these lubricants can be used very well are open gears, wire ropes, bearings, bushes, cylinder and piston units and guideways.

The EU Ecolabel and the VGP 2013

During the last few years there has been a huge development in the use of biodegradable oils and greases. These environmentally friendly lubricants are particularly suitable for industries such as civil engineering sectors, the processing and recycling of (construction) waste, dredging companies, oil and gas extracting companies and shipping and offshore.

It is necessary to comply these Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL’s) with various registrations and OEM-approvals due to the actual legislations, regulations and requirements for use in nature and the environment.

Leading companies in the offshore, shipping, dredging, port and crane sectors use Van Meeuwen’s (biodegradable) high performance lubricants and Van Meeuwen is proud to participate in all this with custom biodegradable lubrication solutions.

Next to the own Green Point lubricants Van Meeuwen Lubrication has very worthy partners with the international suppliers Bel-Ray, Royal Purple, Lubcon and PANOLIN, These companies have become acquainted with advanced technologies and have been producing high-quality lubricants for decades.

Are you curious about the special qualities of our Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants? Especially suitable for use in the Marine & Offshore? To save money, assets and the environment? Our specialist are looking forward to tell you all about it.

EU Ecolabel

Optimal wire rope lubrication

Optimal wire rope lubrication for all types and under all conditions

Van Meeuwen speaks from experience. Leading companies in the marine, offshore, dredging, port, lifting and crane sectors make frequent use of Van Meeuwen’s wire rope lubricants under the most diverse operating conditions. From hoisting and pulling to stationary applications, with oils and greases which are environmentally acceptable or non-toxic and can be used under water, under high loads or in dusty conditions:

For hoisting and towing

  • Immediately penetrate to the core
  • Offer optimal protection against wear and corrosion
  • EU Ecolabel certified
  • No accumulation on the wire rope sheaves due to good penetration and adhesion
  • Transparent and therefore easy to inspect
  • Impermeable to water and cannot wash off
  • Do not adhere sand, dirt or dust
  • Due to water displacement properties also applicable on wet cables
  • Spray, brush or lubricator applicable


For rust-sensitive dusty conditions

  • Prevent wear due to a very strong lubricating film
  • Penetrate to the inside of the cable
  • Do not adhere dirt and prevents corrosion
  • Displace water and dissolve rust
  • Clean metal surfaces and repel dirt at the same time
  • Even with heavy loads
  • Applicable by spraying


For severe outdoor environments

  • With a full scope of penetrating, lubrication and protection whilst being environmental friendly
  • Specially formulated as an EAL, EPA 2013 VGP (Vessel General Permit)
  • EU Ecolabel certified
  • To operate in severe outdoor environments
  • To withstand corrosion in high performance industrial applications where environmental exposure is a cause for concern
  • Applicable in a wide range of temperatures
  • Extreme mechanical and oxidative stable
  • Highly water resistant
  • Providing a long lifetime
  • Applicable by lubricator or brush


Our products

Lubricants play an important role in extending the service life of equipment, and innovative products are increasingly setting new standards in performance and reliability of machines and installations. Therefore, we would like to present you our unique brands and products that will help you improve performance and reliability.

To be in control of reliable assets you need quality products. Very important is the lubricant itself that must be adjusted to the conditions. That is why we like to look at the whole picture of the application and not only at the lubricant to collect as much information as possible for our best advice. During the last few years there has been a huge develop- ment in the use of biodegradable oils and greases. These environmentally friendly lubricants are particularly suitable for industries such as dredging companies, oil and gas extracting companies and shipping and offshore. It is necessary to comply these lubricants with various registrations and OEM-approvals due to the actual legislations, regulations and requirements for use in nature and the environment.

A longer service life of equipment and of the oils and greases themselves. That’s what Shell PANOLIN stands for. Since 1983, Shell PANOLIN has specialized in a full range of high performance biodegradable lubricants (ECL’s / EAL’s). For less use, less CO2 and less maintenance. Shell PANOLIN was founded in 1949 as an independent family business and has its headquarters and production facility in Switzerland.

Geen Point
Our Green Point line exists of eco-friendly synthetic lubricants which are biodegradable, highly resistant to ageing and offer an excellent corrosion protection and anti-wear characteristics. This professional high performance line is specially developed for various applications and complies with the latest environmental certificates like EU Ecolabel or HOCNF Yellow.

With proven value, Bel-Ray is delivering superior business value for your marine and offshore applications. Well known for (biodegradable) wire rope applications. Penetration helps the lubricant get to the core, protecting the strands from abrasive wear and corrosion. As well as the sheaves and drums. With superior water displacement properties so that a positive lubricating film is provided, even on wet ropes and in a wide range of temperatures.

The LUBCON range exists of innovative products, also being biodegradable and non-toxic. Classified as HOCNF category “yellow”, meaning it can be applied in coastal areas and offshore without restrictions. The lubricants are excellently resistant to salt water, withstands extremely high loads, with high ageing stability and excellent performances in a wide range of temperatures. These environmentally responsible synthetic lubricants provide maximum performance for use in sensitive environments. with an extremely high lubricating film strength specially developed for heavy-duty applications..

Royal Purple
BIOMAX lubricants are biodegradable synthetic lubricants with an extremely high lubricating film strength, specially developed for heavy-duty hydraulic systems, drivetrains and stern tubes. The oils can be used in environmentally critical applications, even in the most sensitive ecosystems and make equipment run smoother, cooler, quieter, longer and more efficiently. Specially formulated by the Synerlec additive technology for gear and hydraulic applications.


Are you interested in what can be achieved for your company? Our specialists at Van Meeuwen are ready to answer your questions.

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